Why Twitter with protection?

I have been slow to warm up to Twitter. I created an account last June before ALA. I thought I might use it while in DC, but ended up not messing around with it. I think my slow adoption of Twitter is linked to how I use my cell phone.  I don't use my cell to txt and while I do covet my neighbor's smartphone…I am probably still a year off from buying something fancier than my Sprint Sanyo VI-2300 (nope it doesn't even have a built in camera). Horrors! My usage has increased over the past couple of months since I installed TwitterFox.  I've also added the Twitter application to my profile in Facebook, but I don't use it to update my Facebook status.

The thing I am still trying to figure out is why some librarian bloggers using Twitter protect their tweets. They have no problems writing blog posts, so what is the hesitation with sharing microblog posts?  I agree that it is more than wise to be professional in all public venues. In fact, David Lee King posted today about a SXSWi presentation on "social networking and your brand". One of the points made during the presentation is that tweets can be taken out of context very easily. However, I cannot really imagine the librarians protecting their updates are swearing up a storm or planning to overthrow the good folks at 50 E. Huron Street.

Cindi Trainor's post last week, "The Tweet heard round the world," is what caused me to start looking at how other librarians are using Twitter. I was a bit surprised to see who has chosen to protect their updates. I'm still curious to know why people made this choice. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts on why or if you have enabled protection of your Twitter updates and feel comfortable sharing.

Feel free to start following me. I don't have any plans to protect my feed, but I also don't plan on sharing family secrets.

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